Boeing Passenger Air Vehicle

The Boeing Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) is an American autonomous personal air vehicle prototype developed by the Boeing NeXt division of Boeing with the assistance of Aurora Flight Sciences.[1]

Passenger Air Vehicle
Boeing Passenger Air Vehicle mockup at Dubai Air Show 2019.jpg
Boeing Passenger Air Vehicle mockup at Dubai Air Show 2019
Role Personal air vehicle
National origin United States
Manufacturer Boeing NeXt
First flight 22 January 2019
Introduction planned for 2024
Status Under development


Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences designed and developed an electric VTOL prototype in one year.[1] First, a model 1:10 was used to test the concept, it was flown with and without a fuselage. The following flight tests with a 1:4 scale concept aircraft were conducted by Aurora.[2]

The PAV first flew on January 22, 2019, in Manassas, Virginia, hovering before further tests and a transition to forward flight,[1] with aerodynamic lift through the wings.

On June 4, 2019, the PAV crashed during its 5th test flight. Boeing representatives declined to disclose details of the crash.[3]


The three-surface aircraft has twin booms each supporting four lift rotors slightly angled alternatively outward and inwards, a pusher propeller and the rear wing has vertical surfaces at each end.[citation needed]

Specifications (PAV)Edit

Data from Boeing[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: None (autopilot)[2]
  • Capacity: 2 passengers, 225 kg (496 lb) payload[2]
  • Length: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,268 lb (575[2] kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,764 lb (800[2] kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Horizontal Electric
  • Powerplant: 8 × Vertical Electric


  • Cruise speed: 110 mph (180 km/h, 97 kn)
  • Range: 50 mi (80 km, 43 nmi)

See alsoEdit

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d "Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight" (Press release). Boeing. Jan 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Aurora Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV)". Electric VTOL News.
  3. ^ Siebenmark, Jerry (2019-06-12). "Boeing's Autonomous Prototype Crashes". Aviation International News.

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